Understanding Arkansas Adoption Laws
When you are anxious to adopt, Arkansas adoption laws can feel confusing and tedious. As with any significant legal or life event, there is often a great deal of stress surrounding adoption. But, understanding how the process works – and what your obligations are – can help you move through adoption with less stress and more confidence.
The following Arkansas adoption FAQs are intended as a helpful resource only and do not constitute legal advice. Adoption is a complicated legal process. If you are considering or pursuing adoption in Arkansas, you may benefit from seeking the services of an experienced adoption attorney.
Arkansas Divorce Laws
Divorce is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. And the process can become much more difficult when you don’t understand the laws or your legal obligations when filing for or going through a divorce. As with any legal matter, Arkansas divorce laws may change over time, and you may have a hard time feeling confident that you are meeting state requirements and court orders.
The following information provides an overview of Arkansas divorce laws and procedures, but is not intended as legal advice. You should always consider consulting with an experienced attorney when taking legal action. Continue reading
Arkansas Child Support
Applying for child support can feel like an intimidating process, especially if you haven’t gone through it before. But the Arkansas child support system includes a few relatively simple processes to determine when child support can – or must – be collected, as well as the amount of each child support payment. Continue reading
Understanding Arkansas Child Visitation Laws
As with any legal issue, it isn’t always easy to understand how Arkansas child visitation laws and child custody laws will impact your situation. How well you are able to communicate and cooperate will play a role in visitation decisions. But – as with custody – the court’s decision will always try and account for the best interests of your child. Continue reading
Filing for Joint Legal Custody in Arkansas
If you have children when filing for divorce, you may have questions and concerns about child custody. Contested custody is when you and the child’s other parent cannot agree on who will have custody of the child. Judges decide legal custody based on the Best Interests of the Child Standard, including a variety of factors from environment and economics to child’s preference and history of domestic abuse. In these instances Arkansas judges cannot favor the mother just because she is the mother, though many fathers continue to believe or fear custody decisions are biased against them. But what if you and your (ex) spouse still get along?
Though it gets less play in primetime legal dramas, in some cases it can be in your child’s best interest to file for joint legal custody. Parents can ask the judge to order “friendly parent provisions” and continue to care for the child with equal rights. Your child may split time living with his/her parents, and in many cases parents will share equally in making important decisions dealing with the child. There are reasons, however, why you – or the judge – may not feel that joint custody is in the best interests of your child.
So what are the pros and cons of filing for joint legal custody? Continue reading
Going through a divorce is considered the second most stressful event you can go through, behind only the death of a spouse. You are coping with a variety of significant life changes, and it is important to have a solid divorce support system. The following three people can all play a significant role in reducing the stress you face during this complicated legal event. Continue reading
Dealing With a Divorce?
It is easy to feel overwhelmed during the divorce process, whether you have just found out your partner wants to separate or you initiated the divorce yourself. You may feel that divorce is the right step to take in your relationship, but you are worried about keeping your family together, the custody of your children and the division of assets you rely on for your day to day life.
If you are dealing with a divorce, you may need help knowing what you are supposed to do next. What are your legal obligations? How can you protect your children, family and yourself? Taking time for these six things can help you feel more in control and reach a satisfactory divorce settlement. Continue reading
[originally posted September 4, 2013]
Divorce used to be a monster people only spoke of in hushed tones when children weren’t present. But slowly and steadily public has opinion changed: divorce shifted from a tragic event to an expected one. And it is easier than ever to underestimate how difficult divorce can be.
So what happened? With the advance of social media outlets you are more likely than ever to be connected to individuals dealing with a current or past divorce. Sex scandals and celebrity divorces receive regular front page links or stories on national news websites, the business side of divorce found footing leading to a market saturated with divorce blogs and services, and a generation of children frightened of divorce has grown up to see family members live through it. Continue reading